America State Parks Ambassador Program

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission invites eligible young people to apply to the America’s State Parks Ambassador Program, a non-profit organization promoting the value and beauty of state park systems across the country.

Young adults between the ages of 16 and 28, who enjoy the outdoors and like to write, blog, take photos or videos and use social media are eligible to apply. Prizes of outdoor gear are being offered to new ambassadors as an incentive to join the movement. The recruitment effort for 2013 ends November 1.

Any eligible person who applies in October will receive a welcome gift ($10 value). In addition, people who are chosen to be ambassadors and who meet other criteria before Nov. 1 will be eligible for prizes with a starting value of $100. To be eligible for prizes, active ambassadors need to have fulfilled contest criteria by Nov. 1. Different levels of prizes are available for those who fulfill eligibility requirements that include providing America’s State Parks with three blogs, recruiting at least three new ambassadors or entering a Creative Ambassador contest. For detailed information, prize qualifications and program application, visit online at www.AmericasStateParks.org/Recruit-Ambassadors.

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MTA: Public Hearings On Proposed 2014 Budget

Mason Transit Authority’s Board of Directors will hold public hearings to receive comments on the proposed 2014 Budget at meetings on Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at 5:00 pm and on Tuesday, November 19, 2013 at 5:00 pm. Final comments and adoption of the 2014 Budget will be held at the Authority Board meeting on December 17, 2013 at 5:30 pm. All meetings will be held at 790 East John’s Prairie Road, Shelton, WA.

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MACECOM Governance & Legislative Board

MACECOM Governance Board Meeting: October 8, 2013, Shelton Civic Center, 3:00 PM MACECOM Legislative Board Meeting: Upon completion of Gov Board

Amber Alert System In Full Operation

-Federal Government Shutdown Does Not Affect AMBER Alerts-

(Olympia)—The Washington State Patrol is reminding both the public and other law enforcement agencies that the AMBER Alert system is in full operation despite the shutdown of the federal government.

“We’re hearing of incorrect reports on both mainstream and social media about the status of the AMBER Alert System,” said Carri Gordon, AMBER Alert Coordinator for the Washington State Patrol. “The system is in full operation, and ready to help recover an abducted child.”

Although there is some federal coordination of the overall AMBER Alert program, each state has its own distribution system for alerts. Washington’s alerts are distributed by a private contractor that is in no way affected by the federal government shutdown.

Newly available in Washington are two additional alerts:
•    Endangered Missing Person Advisories – allow law enforcement to seek the public’s assistance in locating missing persons when the disappearance does not fit the criteria for an AMBER Alert.
•    Blue Alerts – provide information to the public to help locate suspects involved in assaulting or killing a police officer.

You can sign up to receive AMBER Alerts in Washington by going to www.amberalert.com. Those who sign up will also receive EMPAs and Blue Alerts.